The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Lewis Silkin LLP

Living Wage
Work 020 7074 8000
Fax 020 7864 1200

Mark Lim

Work 020 7074 8186
Lewis Silkin LLP

Work Department

Litigation and dispute resolution.


Mark is a partner specialising in the resolution of complex commercial disputes, particularly those with an international element.  Examples of past cases include post transaction claims for breach of warranty and indemnity, IT disputes regarding code performance and software development, partnership disputes, unpaid commission and fee claims, professional negligence claims, investor claims, trust claims, civil fraud, bailment and conversion claims, claims against dictators for breach of duty and shareholder disputes.
Mark frequently acts for and against Insolvency Practioners in contentious matters and has acted in unlawful dividend, antedecent transaction, misfeasance, wrongful trading and ROT claims.
He regularly advises on contractual issues and has extensive experience of warranty/indemnity claims, trust disputes, director/shareholder disputes and cases where insolvency is a feature. Recent reported cases include: Am Trust Europe Ltd v Trust Risk Group SpA [2014] EWHC 3192 (Comm), [2014] 4169 (Comm) and [2015] EWCA Civ 437 (Comm) (issues of jurisdiction and conflicts of law; issues of construction of brokerage agreement between English insurer and Italian Broker) ([2015] EWHC 1927 (Comm) whether the  English court should grant an injunction to restrain an Italian Arbitration), [2015] EWHC 3918 (Comm) (variation of a mandatory injunction); Quan v Bray and Others [2014] EWHC 3340 (Fam) and [2015] EWCA Civ 1253 (allegations of a post-nuptial settlement requiring examination of an overseas trust and an international group of companies); Global Draw Ltd v IGT-UK Group Ltd and anr [2014] EWHC 2973 (Comm) (construction of terms of an SPA, breach of warranty/indemnity with related proceedings in Italy); Dhanani v Crasnianski [2011] EWHC 926 (Comm) (whether Heads of Terms constituted a binding contract for to invest a substantial sum in a private equity fund).


Trainee Lewis Silkin 1999-2001; qualified 2001; senior associate 2010; partner 2014.


English, French.


City of London Law Society (member of Litigation Committee); International Bar Association (member of Litigation Committee); Commercial Litigators Forum; London Solicitors Litigation Association; Insolvency Practitioners Association; R3; Association of Partnership Practitioners.


The Trinity School, Leamington Spa; Cardiff University (1996 LLB Combined Honours Law and French (2:1)); The College of Law (1998 BPP Diploma in Legal Practice (Commendation), 2007 Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (Distinction)).


Cycling, squash, running.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Lewis Silkin LLP 'represents superb value for money, communicates complex legal issues in a way that non-legal people can understand, and is prepared to offer genuine advice and not just tell clients the law'. The disputes team comprises specialists who handle IP, corporate, employment, and partnership and LLP disputes. It acted for three limited companies and three individuals in relation to allegations of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, which arose from a management buy-out. Simon Chapman is team head; Clive Greenwood and Philip Foster are 'both superb litigators who offer forthright commercially-aware advice and are conscious of costs'; and Mark Lim is 'calm, confident and unflappable and a number of major corporate clients turn to him without hesitation when litigation is on the horizon'. Andrew Wanambwa and consultant Tom Coates are also highly rated; and senior associate Fraser McKeating  is 'one to watch'.

[back to top]

IHL Briefings

If your firm wishes to publish IHL Briefings or articles, please contact Antony Dine on +44 (0) 207 396 9315 or


The half way point to Brexit: 12 months down, 12 months to go

May 2018. By Lewis Silkin

29 March marked the one year anniversary since Article 50 was triggered. The last 12 months have seen a number of key developments. Following the end of the first stage of negotiations in Brussels, there is now an agreement in place for the rights of EU nationals and their family members living in the UK. Last week saw the announcement that the UK and EU have finally agreed a deal on the transition period. [Continue Reading]

Disclosure in English litigation: a sea change is coming

February 2018. By Lewis Silkin and Mark Lim

English rules on disclosure (¬Ďdiscovery¬í in many jurisdictions) are set for a major overhaul. Draft rules were published in November 2017. Once approved by the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, the resulting draft is intended to be introduced as part of a pilot scheme lasting two years, potentially beginning in April 2018 and running in the Business and Property Courts. This will cover virtually all High Court litigation. It will not be optional. [Continue Reading]

Back to index

Legal Developments by:
Lewis Silkin LLP

  • Negotiating the minefield of administrative decisions

    There are many situations where decisions are made by organisations such as local authorities (during the tendering process, the grant of contracts or planning decisions, for example) or professional or disciplinary bodies where a party may wish to challenge the outcome. A party with an interest in a decision may feel aggrieved by the outcome due to what appears to be a conflict of interest by those making the decision, or the appearance of bias. This may have serious consequences for in-house lawyers acting for organisations subject to such decisions, and therefore this briefing is intended to provide a general overview of the areas to consider. Challenging judicial or quasi-judicial decisions where there is a conflict of interest was considered by James Levy in a previous briefing (IHL146, p37-40).
    - Lewis Silkin LLP

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to